Former Watergate lawyer Michael Conway penned an article on NBC arguing that the recent efforts from the Trump administration to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein can lead to an easier impeachment of Donald Trump. Conway is particularly familiar with the impeachment process — he acted as counsel of the US Judiciary Committee that impeached former President Nixon in 1974. Rosenstein’s argument notes that many of the arguments that are used to impeach Rosenstein were rejected by Republicans during the Nixon’s impeachment.
Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan officially filed articles of impeachment against Rosenstein last month. Lawmakers backtracked and walked away from the resolution, which failed to garner enough support in the House. Rosenstein hinted at the bias coming from GOP leaders, saying that they suddenly have set the bar low for what justifies impeachment.
Republicans who want to impeach Rosenstein accused the official of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Rosenstein is being accused of failing to recuse himself despite what Republicans describe as an inherent conflict of interest through his role in renewing a secret court application for federal authorities to monitor former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. What’s happening here is that Rosenstein is he is being positioned as a Republican who isn’t a staunch supporter of Trump, and is much too bipartisan for their liking. They want Rosenstein to undermine the Robert Mueller investigation, instead of being an impartial leader in allowing the investigation to move forward.
Conway wrote this about this misplaced fever surrounding the impeachment of Rosenstein:
The resolution lowers the bar in defining what are ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ — the ambiguous standard for an impeachable offense.”
He further adds that there is “no chance” that Rosenstein will be impeached, but that the existence of this “new impeachment solution could make future impeachment proceedings easier to start — and maybe even easier to prove.”
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